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Black Ops 1 becomes backwards compatible for Xbox One

Good news for fans of the original Black Ops game who are also Xbox One owners. The original Call of Duty Black Ops game, originally released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows is now part of Microsoft’s Backwards compatibility program for the Xbox One. So if you have the disc version lying around still, or can get hold of it easily you will now be able to play it on your Xbox One console.

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Microsoft announce Kinect-less Xbox One

Since the Xbox One was first announced there have been suggestions from consumers that Microsoft should also sell the console without Kinect, much like the Xbox 360. Partly due to many users not being particular interested in the additional device, while others were hoping for a Kinect-less version to drive the price down. Today Microsoft have announced that they will begin selling the Xbox One console without Kinect.

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The Xbox One console without Kinect is due to go on sale from June 9th. If you are wanting to add Kinect at a later date, Microsoft will begin selling the Kinect unit on it’s own from the Autumn.

Microsoft confirm Xbox One first party games pricing

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With the announcement of the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft in the form of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively, there has also been quite a bit of discussion surrounding the pricing of games on the next consoles. Currently new releases for the PS3 and Xbox 360 generally cost around £40 from most retailers. With the Xbox One however, games will cost a bit more.

Microsoft have priced the games on their website at £49.99 and include titles such as Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse and Kinect Sport Rivals. However in the US, the pricepoint between 360 games and Xbox One games remains the same at $59.99 which seems a tad unfair to those not living Stateside as us UKers were already paying more than our US counterparts anyway with this generation of games.

Deal of the day: Fable 3 free

Currently Fable 3 is on offer on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Normally the digital download costs $19.99 for the full game download. Today the game has been spotted as free. There’s no indication of how long this offer will be on so you should be quick to download it. You will need to be an Xbox Gold member to download the game for free though and 48 hour trials do not work according to reports.

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Gears of War 3 Beta Slated for April, There’s A Catch Though.

Epic Games will give early access to the Gears of War 3 beta to anyone who buys Bulletstorm for Xbox 360, the publisher said Friday.

This has to be one of the most highly anticipated games for 2011, but is it worth paying full price for a game “Bulletstorm” that you might not even like? Microsoft and Epic seem to be dangling the carrot out in front of us but who will bite it? For me I knew I was buying Gears of War 3 the second I finished Gears 2, as I think a lot of people did.

I guess sales numbers will tell in February providing Bulletstorm isn’t postponed.

Live in Japan? All you need is three feet for your Kinect, or so Microsoft says.

Perhaps Microsoft doesn’t read Japanese and doesn’t know how to translate six feet in Japanese? It’s said you need at least six feet for your Kinect to use it properly but Microsoft is handing out three feet tapes to measure before you buy? What gives? I own a Kinect and I have at least six feet between me and my television, any closer and the Kinect has a few problems with my actions.

Microsoft did originally say you needed thirteen feet but that was reduced, so which is it? Thirteen, six or three? I guess we will figure it out with all the updates they put out over the holidays for us Kinect users. Let us know of any problems or triumphs you have with your Kinect over the next few months.

Delay on Gears of War 3 Release

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Epic Games and Microsoft have announced that Gears of War 3 will no longer be released next April, with the company deciding to bring the game out in the autumn of 2011 instead.

The Xbox 360 exclusive was due for release on the 8th of April 2011 but, the latest release date of ‘fall 2011’ is a lot less defined and leaves us to wonder when we will actually see Gears of War 3. Epic Games are keen to let gamers know that the delay is purely for business reasons, not due to development issues, although they are also keen to reiterate that the game will be more ‘polished’ because of the delay.

Halo Reach leaked almost a month before launch


The highly anticipated Halo Reach is set to be released September 14th. That hasn’t stopped pirates from leaking the game earlier. Someone was able to acquire the game from the Microsoft servers and has shared it across the web, for others to download.

The game, distributed by Microsoft Game Studios was developed by Bungie Studies, like the previous games in the Halo franchise. As of yet, Bungie haven’t commented on the leak however, Microsoft have said they are “aggressively pursuing the violators”. They want to combat piracy and warn that, modding your console will void the warranty, as well as having the console banned from Xbox Live. This remains a top priority for Microsoft, who also want to make Xbox Live, more secure and safer for the 25 million Xbox Live users there are.

UK Offers on the new Xbox 360 S 4GB

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The guys at CVG have scoured the internet and found a handful of top deals for UK buyers of the 4GB Xbox 360. They found the cheapest of the deals at The Hut which offers the 4GB Arcade System for £139.93.  Argos and Amazon are  both offering the 360 S for £139.99. Play, Game, Gamestation are selling their 4GB Xbox 360’s for £149.99 which is a little disappointing considering the cheaper deals on offer.

For less than £140 an Xbox 360 S could be yours. If you can manage with 4GB of hard drive space that is. The full run down on prices around the web can be found on CVG.